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The President's blue-ribbon commission on fiscal responsibility and reform

Well, the President finally appointed at least the beginning of his blue-ribbon commission on fiscal responsibility and reform, naming Alan Simpson and former chief-of-staff Erskine Bowles from the Clinton days to co-chair it. It's worth holding out hope for this, because Simpson's a good man—always been a renegade on the Republican side—and Bowles was experienced in Washington.

3/4 of Americans support openly gays in the military

I'd like to end a positive note and affirm the wisdom of the American people. The latest ABC/Washington Post poll shows that 3/4 of Americans support openly gays in the military across all party lines. This is unprecedented—82% Democrats, 77% Independents and even 64% Republicans support gays in the military. That is a high mark on tolerance and compassion.

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